I must be honest with you, I’m not a great fan of modern jewellery. A lot of what I see in shops and online just seems a little over the top, my mother wore an antique engagement ring and it’s her personal taste that I’ve inherited. As for the dress code at my wedding, that was also traditional and the antique jewellery I was wearing complemented this look perfectly.
Essentially, I’m a traditionalist and proud of it, people may call me old-fashioned, but I have my fashion! Choosing what type of jewellery to wear is mostly a matter of preference, and in this case, antique pieces weigh to me more than modern jewellery could. I just love their uniqueness, elegance and timelessness. I also believe our ancestors had impeccable taste, especially when it comes to antique rings.
There are lots of antique engagement rings to choose from if you look hard enough and, in my opinion, symbolically represent the older years when things were simpler and we weren’t bombarded with internet advertisements and TV commercials constantly trying to sell us the latest this or the latest that. Having looked around the web and in local antique shops, a number of antique engagement rings on offer have caught my eye. Please see below for some rings that reach my own precise standards.
- Antique Diamond Engagement Ring – late 1800’s. In my view this type of ring is absolutely perfect for anyone who wants a traditional look combined with a timeless appeal. There are several variations of this ring and they all look fantastic. I’d be proud to wear one.
- Antique Ruby and Diamond Engagement Rings – Late 1800’s. There’s something about rubies that really catches the eye and when combined with diamonds and set on a band of yellow gold looks simply breath-taking.
- Green Garnet and Diamond – early 1900’s. Another example from the late 19th century and early 20th century, this creation is simply magnificent. The green offsets the diamond perfectly and it’s the type of ring that catches your eye as soon as you walk in a room, I know it caught mine.
- 18CT Yellow Gold Antique Sapphire and Diamond Ring – For me, this particular ring trumps them all. Although rather expensive, this ring is absolutely magnificent and captures the essence of the golden of age of ring making. Obviously crafted with care and attention, I find it hard to believe that anyone would ever let this beauty out of their sight.
So, there you have it, four of the antique engagement rings that really caught my eye and I’m sure they’ll catch yours as well!
Where To Find Antique Engagement Rings
If you look around you will find a selection of antique engagement rings in the most unlikely of places. Small towns seem to present the best opportunities as there are usually some long established antique shops where they have a fascinating array of jewellery from yesteryear. I don’t seem to have much luck in big cities, as people inevitably get there before me and snap up the same jewellery I like.
If you still have no luck in your quest whilst traipsing all over the place, I’d recommend looking online. Many of these antique jewellery specialists do have an online presence and you can actually see all their stock from the comfort of your home.